A Simple Plan: Trees

The Art and Science of Tree Pruning The best way to learn how to prune fruit trees is to know first and foremost how fruit trees grow. One of the basic things you should know about your tree and its fruit is that it is composed of two parts. Fruit trees are generally grafted. It is common to find fruit trees having their top part taken from a good fruit bearing tree, while the lower part with its roots come from trees that don’t bear fruit well. Experts turn to grafting in order to produce more trees of good quality. Having a good fruit tree is the first step to improving its fruit production by proper pruning techniques.
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What you have may be a bare rooted tree. The first thing you should do is to trim the its roots. Some trees are planted in pots and need no cutbacks when you transplant them. But trees that have been dug up have obviously seen some damage on its roots and needs to be cutback.
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It depends on the instructions you get whether to prune the tree or not after you have received it. Cut away all roots that are broken or that have crooked edges. This gives your tree smooth recovery. The top part must be cut away slightly in order for the surface to become even. A fruit tree with no side branches needs to be cutback by a third of its height. Thus, if you have a tree that is about six feet tall, you need to cutback two feet from its top. The cut should be done above the bud, and in a slanted way. Trim all branches that look withered, dead or broken, or too near the ground. Every strong and healthy branch also needs to be cut by a third of its length. In order for the new branches to spread outward and not inward in the direction of the trunk, make your cuts on an outer bud. Since you have just gotten a fruit tree, there are a couple of things you also need to remember. Soaking bare rooted trees for several hours when they arrive is crucial. The quality of your soil and the right depth of the ground is also worth taking note of. Extensive pruning will become necessary in later years if you don’t do the little things during the first year. It is good to visualize your tree in its maturity while it is still young to motivate you to trim it and snip off its buds. All pruning done on the first year shapes the tree and keeps the branches limited. This helps the tree to bear fruit. Other trees demand more attention. You need not call the professionals once you master the art and science of tree pruning.